Mahlet Kifle Habtemariam

African Public Health Leaders Fellow, Global Health Programme

Mahlet Habtemariam


Mahlet Kifle Habtemariam (MD, MPH) is a Principal Program Officer - Chief of Staff at the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

Over a 12 years career as a public health professional, her experience ranges from leading disease prevention and control programs to supporting executive leadership with strategic and program management. During her tenure at Africa CDC, Dr. Mahlet has led the Director’s priority initiatives including the establishment of the Africa Public Health Foundation, management of the Africa CDC Governing Board and Advisory Technical Council, engagement of key partners and optimizing the effectiveness of Africa CDC management.

Dr. Mahlet is particularly passionate about health policies and systems research. She co-chaired the Ethiopian NCDI poverty commission in the development of a national investment case for pro-poor policies. She is currently a member of the Lancet Commission on Synergies between Universal Health Coverage, Health Security and Health Promotion and a member of the task force on public health measures for the Lancet COVID-19 Commission.

Outside of regular duties, she serves as an active member of the Ethiopian Public Health Association Advisory Council, the International Society on Priorities in Health (ISPH), the International Institute for Primary Health Care think tank and local and international governing boards. 

Dr. Mahlet earned her Doctor of Medicine from Addis Ababa University, and her Master of Public Health from University College, Dublin. She is a Takemi Fellow of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. 

Past experience

2018 -

Principal Program Officer, Office of the Director

Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)
2017 - 2018

Takemi Fellow, Takemi Program in International Health

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

2015 - 2017

Director General, Office of the Minister

Ministry of Health, Ethiopia


Director, Disease Prevention and Control

Ministry of Health, Ethiopia

2014 - 2015

Team Leader, National Non-communicable Diseases Prevention and Control Program

Ministry of Health, Ethiopia

2013 - 2014

Master of Public Health

University College Dublin

2010 - 2013

Team Leader, National HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Program

Ministry of Health, Ethiopia